Gregory MM, James (No. 10991)

Gregory, James

Military Medal

Lance Corporal

No. 10991, ‘C’ Squadron, 4th (Queen’s Own) Hussars

Died of wounds on Wednesday 10 April 1918 (aged 21)

Buried:

St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France (Grave P. IX. J. 7B)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

According to a family source, James Gregory was born on 1 February 1897 in George’s Street, Newtownards and he was a son of Ellen Jane Gregory (nee Ferguson formerly McDowell and formerly Cairns).

Ellen Jane McDowell (aged 33) and James Hutton (aged 28) were married on 21 February 1909 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Belfast.  Ellen Jane McDowell was described as a spinster from 54 Wilton Street Belfast who worked as a stitcher and she was a daughter of William McDowell, a weaver.  James Hutton was described as a bachelor from 104 Mayo Street, Belfast who worked as a bricklayer and he was a son of Robert Hutton, a labourer.

In 1911 James Hutton (aged 30) and Ellen Jane Hutton (aged 34) were living at 56 Chadolly Street, Belfast and with them were living James Gregory (aged 14) and Hugh Gregory (aged 13).  James and Hugh Gregory were described as step-sons of James Hutton.  James Hutton worked as a bricklayer and James Gregory worked as a message boy.

James Gregory enlisted in Belfast, he served with the Queen’s Own Hussars and was awarded the Military Medal.  Lance Corporal James Gregory MM died of wounds in a military hospital on 10 April 1918 and he was buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France.

Lance Corporal James Gregory MM is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.  His name, which was added later, is listed after those who died in the Second World War.  James Gregory is also commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 237).  At the time of his death his mother was living at 11 Pound Street Newtownards.

During the Great War Lance Corporal James Gregory’s brother Hugh served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers; he survived the war and died in 1961.

James Hutton (James Gregory’s stepfather) served with the 150th Field Company Royal Engineers (No. 64457) and he died on 2 October 1918, less than six months after James Gregory died.

James Hutton was born in Belfast and is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 285).